June 28th / Mehefin 28ain

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

Summer has finally deigned to show up at Rhos St school, and it’s been lovely to see all the children out and about enjoying the fine weather. We have had trips galore going on this week, stealthy preparations for Yr. 6 leavers’ service, choir practice for Ruthin Festival, Sports-Day practises, report writing and a Summer Fair squeezed in…just in case we were looking for something to do.

Summer Fair

On Tuesday we held our PTA Summer Fair, the weather was lovely, which was lucky for the very select few who ended up soaking wet! A massive thank you to all the members of the school community who came along to partake of the brilliant stalls, food, games and activities. We are extremely grateful to Ruthin Police and the Fire Service for bringing their emergency vehicles along to the event and for being so positive and accommodating with all the interested children, looking to press buttons, and set off sirens. Thank you again to Luna’s parents, from FarSec, for sponsoring the bouncy castle; the children had a brilliant time bouncing around raising lots of money for the PTA. Thank you also to Casey and the, always brilliant, Rhos St PTA for organising such a great event and to all the volunteers for giving up their time to support the school… we are very grateful for everything that you do. Thanks also to the school staff who stayed behind to lend a hand and helped to make things go so smoothly. You can check out all of the pictures from the summer fair on our Filckr account. The final total raised is £863.85, which will be used to enrich the school experiences of the children here a Rhos St.

Ruthin Festival
Preparations are underway for Rhos St’s performance at the Ruthin Festival on Saturday 29th of June. We are so grateful to Rachel, from Denbighshire Music Cooperative, who has very kindly given her time to work with the choir, readying them for their performance on the ‘Lorry Stage’ at 1.45pm. Please could all members of the choir meet, wearing school uniform, at Ruthin Post Office (on the Square) at 1.15pm on Saturday.

Yr. 6 Hoodies

We have done things a little differently this year with the Yr. 6 Leavers’ Hoodies being handed out on Monday to give the Yr. 6 Class a few weeks to enjoy their hoodies before heading off for the summer and then to pastures new. The, always brilliant, Rhos St PTA kindly gave a donation towards the cost of the hoodies, for which we are very grateful. A big thank you to Natalie Kell, who valiantly took on the sometimes less-than-straightforward job of organising it all. The hoodies look fantastic, and the children love them.

Yr 1 & 2 Trip to Ninja Tag
On Wednesday the Yrs. 1 and 2 children headed off on their adventures to Ninja Tag, in Rhyl. They had an amazing time testing their skills on the obstacle course and also got to have a lovely picnic on the beach. I’m so proud of the children, whose behaviour was exemplary, even being commented on by the bus driver, as each child had greeted and thanked him as they got on and off the bus.
Creep-Crawly Show
The Nursery class enjoyed an exciting visit for the Creepy-Crawly Show yesterday. They got to see snakes, tarantulas, bearded-dragons, turtles, hissing cockroaches and giant African snails to name but a few of the amazing creatures that came to visit.
A big thank you to the PTA for funding the Creepy-Crawly Show.

Breton-Bagpipe Band
Yesterday we were treated to a lovely musical performance from a band from Brittany, visiting as part of Ruthin’s twinning with Briec. The band will be performing at the Ruthin Festival over the weekend and very kindly stopped off at Rhos St to perform and allow the children to have a go on their distinctive musical instruments.

Laser Combat

The Yr. 6 children had an amazing time at Laser Combat in Llandegla today. You can see that some of them, Miss. Price in particular, took it very seriously. Thak you to Natalie Kell who very kindly came along as a volunteer to help us on this very busy day.

Reception Trip to Blue Planet
Today the Reception class went as far as The Blue Planet Aquarium. The children had a lovely time seeing all the incredible range of sea creatures on display and especially loved the experience of walking through the shark tunnel. A big thank you to Julie Debicka, Patricia Foreshaw and Kristy Morely for very kindly volunteering to come along and support us on the visit.

Pentrellyncymmer Residential Visit 2024-2025
Unfortunately, at present we do not have the required number of attendees, who have placed a deposit to reserve a place for their child on the scheduled residential visit to Pentrellyncymmer Outdoor Education Centre on the 20th -22nd of November 2024. The centre has a minimum requirement of 24 attendees to run the course, and Rhos St is unfortunately not in a financial position to be able to subsidise the deficit. Due to the amount of notice required by the centre a decision will have to me made as to the feasibility of the residential visit going ahead by Friday the 5th of July. All deposits should have been received by that date. Rhos St school has been visiting Pentrellyncymmer for many, many years and have unfailingly had an excellent experience there, with the children visiting the centre having a wonderful time and growing in so many ways. Please visit the Rhos St Flickr account: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rhosstreet/albums/ to view pictures from previous visits to Pentrellyncymmer or follow this link: http://www.nwoes.co.uk/our-centres/ to find more information about the centre. Payment plans are available in order to spread the cost of the visit, please talk to the admin team who will be more than happy to help.

Weekly Wellbeing
This week’s quote is from Albert Einstein, the German-born theoretical physicist who is widely held to be one of the greatest and most influential scientists of all time.

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

Albert Einstein